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with that will be opened as well. >> according to a senior obama administration official, it was the president's -- president obama's two phone calls today that, quote, closed the deal. is that accurate according to your understanding of how things played out? and what did the u.s. offer to various parties in order to maybe sweeten the deal? >> well, president obama played an outstanding leadership role in helping to achieve the cease-fire. also secretary of state clinton who shuttled without stop between jerusalem and cairo and was also instrumental in achieving the agreement. the sweetener was support for israel. support for israel diplomatmatically. standing beside us. upholding our right to defend ourselves in the face of hamas terror. that was very important for us. also it's important for that iron dome missile system which you saw working, anderson, and working so outstandingly, taking down about 85% to 90% of all the incoming rockets and denying hamas the opportunity to -- or the ability to strike at our 5.5 million israelis who were under rocket fire. >> we talked about this, ambassad
an instrumental role in a cease-fire, gives the obama administration, the state department, a much stronger hand in the middle east in general and i think it gives president obama a stronger hand both in the middle east and at home, because he's able to play this role with someone, that he has not had the best relationship with. >> kristin soltis, do you agree with that? >> to an extent. i think it will be good for obama if the cease-fire can be maintained, particularly, it will be good for secretary clinton. whenever you get to be the one giving the press conference, that's a good visual moment. what i think is really interesting, is to watch how the arab spring has affected this and how egypt's sort of new leadership, there were these real questions as to what extent will the new president of egypt, part of the muslim brotherhood, be a force for good and stability in the region. the fact that you have egypt and secretary of state clinton trying to broker a deal. this isn't a partisan issue, a lot of people will look favorably if the american government can play a positive role in bringing abou
and republican administrations here, and president obama said, he wasn't sure if egypt was still an ally. he was on the phone again today with president obama morsi who has turned out to be someone brokering the cease-fire and a meeting with secretary clinton and others and there is still pressure on president morsi, three republican senators, today, put out a statement, saying it is time for egypt to stop allowing the spread of weapons of hamas through egypt, from senatorred john mccain and graham and others, asking him to urge the stop of the spread of weapons to sinai which is a threat to egypt's national security and sovereignty. a couple days ago senator graham, one of the three senators, threatened president morsi and said unless you take a month positive role here in this exploding situation in the middle east, republicans in congress will cut off united states aid to egypt and the president morsi responded by helping to broker this cease-fire, and now we will see how he will respond to some more of these threats. it is clear that washington, dc is watching the performance of the egyp
are back, we have a role to play in a second obama administration. this is holiday week and you will see it. >> thank you very much. we appreciate it. gregg: twinkie lovers. sorry, no deal. an attempted mediation has failed. now the company is asking a judge to liquidate its operations. a union lawyer wouldn't comment on the sticking points. the baker's union rejected a 5-year deal including an 8% wage cut. hostess filed for bankruptcy saying it has $1.3 billion in debt. we'll have more later on in the program. >> a run on hostess products across the country. folks lining up to buy twinkies, ding dongs, ho-hos and all those sweet treated before they disappear. >> my daughter wants twinkies. >> how many bags do you think you have? >> i have four bags. donuts and pies. my husband wanted me to buy some for him to take to work. >> even if hostess goes out of business its popular snacks will likely live on. a long shelf li. several potential buyers have expressed interest in the brand. gregg: did you eat twinkies as a kid? >> i did not but in my adult life i had a fried twinkie. gregg: i like th
. >>> this afternoon the obama administration weighed-in on the situation in egypt raising a number of concerns. let's go to cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. dan. >> reporter: joe, one of those concerns is about too much power in the hands of one person. we look back a few months ago it was unclear whether egypt was an ally of the u.s. now a senior administration official saying a relationship of trust has developed between president obama and president morsi. but as we know in any relationship things can get complicated. at the white house, a sense of calm kicking off the holiday season with the arrival of a 19-foot christmas tree. >> it is perfect. it's exactly what we needed. >> reporter: while the president headed to the golf course at joint base andrews. but the white house is closely watching developments in egypt. protests, violent at times and anger over what some see as president morsi's power grab, as declarations preventing any court from overturning his decisions. >> ilt appears the timing is curious. he's gotten this bump particularly for his role in mediating the cease-fire f
on the libya mess. a new allegation that the obama administration still cannot get its story straight after so much time, even as recently as this morning. ironically, this latest charge flows directly out of an attempt at damage control. u.n. ambassador susan rice's trip to capitol hill, she and the acting cia director, michael morell, meeting with republican senators john mccain, kelly ayotte and lindsay graham, who were not pleased with what they heard. >> it is clear that the information she gave the american people was incorrect when she said it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video. it was not, and there was compelling evidence at the time that that was certainly not the case, including statements by libyans as well as other americans who are fully aware that people don't bring mortars and rocket-propelled grenades to spontaneous demonstrations. >> in a statement after the meeting, ambassador rice said that neither she nor anyone in the administration intended to mislead the american people. but the breaking news concerns the part in her sunday talk show statements
. in the meantime, the obama administration has commended israel for agreeing to the egyptian cease-fire proposal which was announced after delivery clinton met with egyptian leaders. what happens if it doesn't hold? and what is really happening here politically? monica crowley is a radio talk show host in the middle east and kiersten powers is a columnist. both are fox news contributors. i want to start with you, monica, because you know a lot about the middle east. usually you don't send the secretary of state over until you are pretty close to a deal. now it appears a deal has been reached. it was reported earlier that it was unusual for the israelis to agree to a cease-fire on the day of a bus bombing. when the attack had been ramped up to that level. nonetheless, they have done it. he spoke with him directly to encourage him to take the deal and he has. but what you think is going on? >> time will tell as to the durability of this cease-fire. time always does tell in the middle east and a breakdown sooner rather than later. we shall see. but you are right. jennifer is right to say that the i
. martha: china apparently is not a current see manipulator, that according to the obama administration. you remember mitt romney said he would declare them immediately if he became president. they do a report twice a year on whether the countries are manipulating their currency to try to gain trade advantages. a lot of people feel china is doing that. despite the decision not to declare them as such, the administration says the chinese yen remains significantly under valued 16-cents to every u.s. dollar. that makes it a lot easier to buy our goods. bill: three minutes past the hour now. republicans sent to introduce their own version of the d.r.e.a.m. act called the aeu grieve act. achieve act. it would provide legal status for hundreds of undocumented aliens. republicans are serious about coughing this issue. >> we have to get this ball rolling. we have to have a discussion that is sensible, calm, that discusses all of the different aspects of the issue and this particular part of immigration reform seemed a logical place to begin. >> steve centanni is live in washington on this. stev
's role is so important. after four years of basically neglecting the peace process, the obama administration now has in some ways an opportunity to move in and create not just a sense of calm or temporary cease-fire but actually to take the first steps in dealing with israel's security as well as the issue of the blockade of gaza. if she can move through phase one in the cease-fire, phase two, then deal with those immediate concerns, that then opens the way for what everyone is expected since ironically her husband got close to a peace agreement 12 years ago in camp david. everyone knows what the ultimate formula is going to be. this is a moment where the situation begs for a bigger solution than just another temporary cease-fire that opens the way as alan dershowitz says for something four years down the road. >> let's hold that thought. let's have a quick break, come back and talk about the big picture solution. >>> i believe that you met up with benjamin netanyahu. tell me about that? what do you think the big-picture solution could be? >> announcer: 'tis the season of more
yesterday neither she nor any one in the obama administration intended to mislead any of the american people at any stage in the process. she is set to tell her story to two more republican senators today. ainsley? >>> thank you, peter. we are going to stick with that theme and take a look at who is talking. she was reporting ambassador rice acknowledged the administration's assessment was wrong and says the protest did not spark the attack. >> for weeks after the attack the president continued to point at the video as cause for the attack. the white house briefing james rosen looks for the answers. listen to this. >> references to this protest that never occurred and the demonstrations that never occurred in benghazi were a staple of president obama pronouncements about benghazi all of the way through september 25th at the united nations. >> james i appreciate the question and there have been some very interesting answers to these questions of late. but i would make the point that as ambassador rice makes clear in this statement that those initial assessments were wrong in one key respect.
. >> but the obama administration no less than its preds so sors has been thoroughly vexed by the middle east, with the syrian regime quashing a two-year uprising that killed more than 30,000 people. where iran despite tough sanctions on the energy sector marches toward a nuclear weapons capability. and where the arab-israeli conflict festers, despite lofty talk from washington early on. >> today you will see an example of the kind of robust diplomacy that the president intends to pursue. >> clinton helped broker this month's truce between hamas and israel but ties with jerusalem frayed since 2009 and other danger spots such as north korea are no less dangerous than they were four years ago. >> she has a small legacy with burma, a positive. but she has a legacy with libya which is at best incomplete and legacy with syria which is seriously worrying. in many ways the big issue of her time as secretary of state was this arab upheaval that happened on her watch. so far, the u.s. record has not been very good and we have not been leading for the most part. and we have left a lot of problems for t
and the obama administration. on saturday -- sunday, actually, he wrote about the leading from behind, light footprint of the first administration. might have worn out the welcome. they will not be able to side-step the issues going forward. >> andrea: are we to assume that is the arab spring working? i don't see the democracy working. rockets are launched and ambassadors are being murdered. the reason they're doing is not just to flex the muscles because they know radical islam son the march. they know israel doesn't have the ally in mubarak. they have turkey and tunisia. they are trying to test israeli to see the weaponry they have. benjamin netanyahu is demanding a long-term deal and he should. remember, clinton tried to broker a deal. bill clinton in 2000. how did that work out at camp david? not very well. the israelis already tried to make an offer for peace at that time. said 90% of gaza. they gave away a big portion of what they had. it didn't work. months later in september, the intifada happened, the second one. rising up of the palestinians against the israelis. if i'm netanyahu,
it does work. >> you can't give people money and help them. >> tim allen criticizing the obama administration. is that a smart thing to do career-wise? adam corolla will have some thoughts. >> what's nascar all about? >> sunshine, palm trees everywhere. perfect place for a championship. >> watters world goes to the big nascar championship. >> do you guys ever watch bill o'reilly on the fox news channel. >> i thought bill o'reilly was on the food network. >> bill: we have revved up report. >> caution. you where to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. a tale of two americans, california and texas. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. over the thanksgiving weekend i was down in austin in houston, texas doing shows with miller. it's been a while since i had visited the lone star state and i took a good look around. next week i will be going tout to california the state with the largest population. texas is second. fascinating to compare the two places because they signify the clash, th
of the ambassador, they were going to tamp the story down so it didn't intrude on their narrative that the obama administration had decimated al-qaeda. so they ordered dr. rice, the ambassador to the u.n., to go out on the sunday shows and say that the stimulus for the murder was a video rather than a planned terrorist attack, which the am bass tore did. she followed orders. she was a good soldier. now it's all caught up to them. am i wrong? >> i think you're absolutely right. in science there is a principle which means that the simplest explanation for any physical phenomenon is most likely the true one. this is the clearest and most simple explanation for why a complete whopper was told to america on all five shows by susan rice. it did -- the real story would have gone against the narrative. remember the time frame here. we're just a week and a half after the charlotte convention. we are just after day after day after day of democrats dancing on the grave of bin laden, proclaiming al-qaeda dead since that was their only achievement in foreign policy, saying it over and over again, saying bin
there. jennifer, thank you. jon: right now new questions for the obama administration and its changing story on what happened during the benghazi terror attack. top republicans on capitol hill want the nation's top intelligence official to explain what they say is his co conflicting testimony from the original talking points that seemed to minimize the chances that this was a terror attack. the director of national intelligence told officials in closed doors that no one in the intelligence community edited out any referral to terrorism. monday night they said it was the intelligence community that made substantive changes to the talking points. which is it? four americans died in that benghazi attack including our ambassador chris stevens. chris wallace the anchor of ""fox news sunday"" joins us now. chris, there seems to be conflicting information from the director of national intelligence and republicans say they want to get to the bottom of it. >> it's more than seems to be it apparently absolutely is conflicting. when you said which is it i hope you're not looking to me for an answ
for the obama administration and its unshakeable support for israel's right to defend defend itself and israel's security. this is the microcosm of what this conflict is about. we're doing our utmost to minimize civilian casualties on the palestinian side. if palestinian civilians are hurt for us it's a defeat. supporters of hamas were giving out candies in the streets to kids to celebrate the bus bombing. >> what does all of this have to do with the ongoing negotiations? secretary clinton has said de-escalation. she'll meet twice with prime minister netanyahu. do you think a de-escalation is possible in the wake of this bus explosion and what we've been told according to the bbc, retaliation with a strike in gaza city? >> de-escalation is not going to be possible if hamas doesn't stop shooting at us. the last eight days, 5.5 million israelis, well over half of our entire population, have been under rocket attack. now they're under bus bombing attack. hamas shows no sign of backing down. yesterday they fired over 200 rockets at israelis, killed 200 people. that's not a good sign for de-escalat
. sprouting from the same leafy campuses that gave us an administration who sees government as the dream replacement. as young folks are saddled with debt and unemployment, obama wishes to expand the government reach, raising taxes on those laboring under the old dream. how can anyone believe in a dream when the leaders don't? they look stagnant earth and say that is better. america may enter a nationally recurring nightmare, i don't mean the one where dana and jasper show up as hous guests. you hate the american dream so you are happy about this. >> dana: i haven't lived it at all. 60% of recent college grads can't find a job in what they studied, in the profession they chose. one of five bachelor degree holders are unemployed and 40% live at home. you can understand why they are upset about the future. i bet the poll is correct. >> greg: it's clear you don't care. is the american dream dead and should obama be impeached? >> kimberly: i saw that on the street corner today. >> bob: kimberly is eating. you ate it all. >> kimberly: i'm hiding it from you. >> greg: so you agree with me pres
shake. john bolton was up for administration. they pulled the same stunt. >> dana: i think she was failed by people around her. president obama should be mad at him. rather than be mad at senators. is he not concerned they got it wrong? purposefully so? >> brian: this is what she said roughly. the talking point provideed by the intel community and were incorrect. there was no protest or demonstration in benghazi. if this is your client. or somebody you work for. when this comes up, there are too many questions to know for sure. you could have walk around and hillped her beat the questions in two seconds. north dakota is easy to say that. this is the 15th of september. she was dealing with fresh intelligence information. the idea that john mccain and the guys, would grade bolton as an example why she shouldn't get in secretary of state -- >> dana: why? >> bob: i don't think he was up to the job at all. >> dana: they don't think she is up for the job. did you read maureen dowd's column? >> bob: i did. >> dana: so to me it's not conservative versus a susan rice thing. question sho
her changing story but that of the administration. we are awaiting press secretary jay karen see and a comment on today's meeting. the conventional wisdom is they sent her up there to smooth over the waters before president obama nominates her. but they did not take miss rice's answers too well. >> i want to say i'm more troubled today knowing, having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice, because it is certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al-qaida were involved in the attack on the embassy, and clearly the impression that was given and the information given to the american people was wrong. megyn: senator kelly ae ayotte will join us live next hour. this will be her first public interview since she sat down with miss rice this morning. what exactly did ambassador rice say behind closed doors? why is senator yea a yeah at anayotte and the other two senators so fired up. this was supposed to be the olive branch. it didn't work. we'll find out what happened when she talks to us live. three weeks removed from election today an
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